Williamsport

Our Williamsport lesson department has so much to offer!  From woodwinds to brass, piano to guitar, voice, and more, we have qualified teachers here to help guide you through your musical journey! 


Deb, our lesson coordinator at our Williamsport store, is happy to answer any questions you may have and to get you set up with lessons! 
Phone: (800) 326-9450 ext. 125
Email: [email protected]

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Carissa McQuaid

Carissa McQuaid

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Carissa began her studies in violin at the age of three, north of Chicago, under the instruction of Lisa Chodorowski. She is a recent Summa Cum Laude graduate of The Hartt School, obtaining both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees under Anton Miller, and her Suzuki Concentration with Christie Felsing. She is an avid performer as well, performing regularly with orchestras in the greater Hartford area- such as the Hartt Orchestra, The Nutmeg Symphony, and The Connecticut Virtuosi. Being taught Suzuki from a young age as well, making it her livelihood, she has had a myriad of students over the years of all levels. The most rewarding feeling is teaching aspiring violinists how to create a story with their instruments, using her experience to provide an environment that promotes and fosters not only creativity, but learning. Each student is met with the utmost care, balancing the line between positive encouragement and rigor required to achieve excellence. In her spare time, Carissa enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with friends and loved ones.

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Cassie Harrison

Cassie Harrison

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Cassie’s delight as a Suzuki violin and viola teacher is to foster creativity and ability in the lives of her students and their families. Cassie fell in love with the violin at four years old as a Suzuki student herself. With the experience of helping a friend with violin in high school, Cassie found that her love of learning as a student naturally extended into an eagerness to share the joy of learning with others. Since 2017, she has taught students of various levels on violin and viola, from four years-old through adults. Her goal is to create a flourishing, inclusive community among her students and their families.

She completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance at Houghton College, where she also studied viola and chamber music. She completed a Masters of Music degree in Suzuki Pedagogy and Violin Performance at Ithaca College, where she trained with Carrie Reuning-Hummel. Cassie has completed training in Suzuki book 1-10 with Carrie Reuning-Hummel, Gail Johansen, Kirsten Marshall, and Teri Einfeldt. She plans to enhance her teaching through continued professional development and Suzuki training.



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Jeffrey F. Bartholomew

Jeffrey F. Bartholomew

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Jeff started playing in 1972, performing in 1974 and began teaching in 1982. He has performed in rock, heavy metal, blues and country bands and is able to teach these styles. He teaches guitar, bass, mandolin, lap steel and beginner banjo and fiddle. His emphasis is theory and improvisation. From beginner to those who have been playing awhile, Jeff can help you reach your goals.

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Mary Alice Koch, NCTM

Mary Alice Koch, NCTM

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Mary Alice has many years experience as a piano teacher and is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (piano) through Music Teachers National Association. She has an Associate in Arts degree from Harrisburg Area Community College. She studied piano pedagogy at Valley City State University, ND, music theory and music history at College of St. Scholastica, MN, and applied music (organ) at Lycoming College. Mary Alice is chairperson of the Williamsport Chapter of National Guild of Piano Teachers and a member of MTNA and PMTA. She serves as church organist and chime choir director for her church.

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Noelle Humphries

Noelle Humphries

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Noelle is a graduate of Mansfield University of Pennsylvania with a primary in Trumpet, with a specialization in brass. In her time there, she played in the Mountie Marching Band, a British style Brass Band, the Concert Wind Ensemble, brass quintet, a chamber group dedicated to Stravinsky, started up a Dixieland band, played in several musical productions, and became the first female lead trumpet player for the Mansfield Jazz Ensemble. She continues to play in various settings across the state. Noelle is also qualified and comfortable teaching beginning to intermediate level woodwinds.

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Richard Adams

Richard Adams

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Dick Adams has been a professional musician and instructor of music for over 30 years. A graduate of Lycoming College, he also studied at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music and privately with jazz great, Phil Woods. An adjunct instructor of music at Lycoming College since 2001, Dick has also performed with such musical artists as Aretha Franklin, Lionel Hampton, “The Captain and Tenille”, as well as leading his own bands on the Williamsport music scene. In addition, he has been a guest clinician and musician for various local high schools, as well as Susquehanna University, Bucknell University, Dickinson College, and the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra.

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Shirley Smith

Shirley Smith

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Shirley has been teaching both piano and organ since her youth. She has been a Director of Music Ministries, organist, and pianist for churches for over 40 years. Shirley has a B.M. degree from Oberlin Conservatory,
M.M. from George Washington University, and a M.S. from Norwich University. Shirley has usually included teaching along with her duties as a Director of Music Ministries. She enjoys teaching all ages and feels privileged to be a member of the Robert M. Sides team.

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Susan Manns

Susan Manns

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Dr. Susan Manns trained at Nyack College (BM), Manhattan School of Music (MM), with European conductors and at University of Oklahoma (DMA). Her degrees centered on voice performance. She taught college voice and related subjects for many years.  She has been in demand as a music and stage director for many operas and musicals.
Colleges where Dr. Manns has taught: Asbury College, University of Oklahoma, Roosevelt University, Moody Bible Institute and others. She has taught private voice lessons for many years—in both Germany and USA. As a teacher she believes that teaching is a combination of enthusiasm, observation, and instruction of the student, while she herself seeks to learn from each student.

 


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